Fake Salafi Refutation
Between a Murji`ee and a Man Who Has Irjaa` in Him
by al'Alaamah Abu Qataadah al-Philisteeni
“To the Honourable Shaykh Abu Qataada, may
Allaah keep you steadfast.
Assalaamu ‘Alaykum Wa-Rahmat-Allaahi
My question concerns an issue, which has confused
me and I believe it has confused others as well. And that is the
difference between a man who is a Murji’ee and a man who has
Irjaa’ in him. And the truth is, that this question was raised when
one of the young men who denies the Irjaa’ of Shaykh Al-Albaanee,
telephoned one of the Shaykhs, who have been witnessed to the
correct ‘Aqeedah and one whom has always taught the correct ‘Aqeedah.
And he endured the effort in contacting him an
asked him about Shaykh Al-Albaanee, may Allaah be merciful to him
and forgive him, if he was Murji’ee or not. So he answered him
that Shaykh Al-Albaanee, may Allaah be merciful to him, had the
correct ‘Aqeedah; however, his speech met with that of the
Murji’yah. So I failed to understand what was meant by this.
Secondly, I have a cassette tape, in which
Shaykh Al-Albaanee was discussing with one of his students, about
Eemaan and he said that the actions are (merely) a condition of the
completeness of Eemaan (i.e. Shart Kamal) and he also said
that he is aware that some people have called him by that name (i.e.
Murji’ee) but this is the correct matter (i.e. regarding actions).
And I believe that your virtuous self must have heard this cassette
So my question is:
What is the condition of Shaykh Al-Albaanee,
may Allaah be merciful to him, and the condition of his followers, who
have filled the world with their claims. I apologize for exceeding in
time and may Allaah reward you.
In the name of Allaah, the Merciful, the Most Kind
and from Him we seek help.
The difference between the saying that a man is
Kharaajee or a man has Kharaajee’ah in him and their saying
that a man is Murji’ee or a man has Irjaa’ in him is due
to the difference of the condition of the two men.
So the man who adheres to the ‘Usl of the
Bid’ah and calls to it, is the one who is attributed to it
indefinitely (i.e. Murji’ee). However, the one who does not
adhere to the ‘Usl of the Bid’ah and does not adopt this ‘Usl
could possibly fall into its implications or some of its Furoo’
and this one is described with this attribute (i.e. Irjaa’ as
opposed to being a Murji’ee).
This is the difference but the answer of the one
who was questioned about Shaykh Al-Albaanee, may Allaah be
merciful to him, was ambiguous. This is because he said that Shaykh
Al-Albaanee’s ‘Aqeedah was correct and he only mentioned his
speech and his phrasing and he declared that these were mistaken and
this is not (completely) correct.
While, Shaykh Al-Albaanee’s Usool in
belief are from the Sunnah, he has taken the appearance of
Irjaa’ in his beliefs (as well). So he (i.e. Al-Albaanee) is
saying that Eemaan is statements and actions; however, he
explains this statement in a way, which differs with Ahl us-Sunnah
wal-Jamaa’ah. And this was where he fell into Irjaa’, which
was his saying that actions can not be a condition for existence (i.e.
Shart Sihhah) of Eemaan. So this (concept) is present with
his declaration that statements and beliefs are a condition for the
existence (i.e. Shart Sihhah) of Eemaan. So he
differentiated between actions and statements which is opposite to
what the Salaf said and that is indeed, the birth of the
Meth’haab of Irjaa’. And Shaykh Al-Albaanee
did not merely make a mistake in his speech; rather he also made a
mistake in his beliefs. And he struck the Meth’haab of
Irjaa’ in some of its Furoo’.
And some of those who claim in their defence of
this accusation have attempted to raise some statements from the
Salaf such as Imaam Ahmad, may Allaah be merciful to him, who
said that Eemaan is statements and actions and they say that Al-Albaanee
also says that Eemaan is statements and actions.
And accordingly, they clear him from Irjaa’.
But this saying is not scientific for those who understand the
Metha’haab and the groups. And to demonstrate the mischief of this
example, I’ll offer this example:
The Ashaa’ira says that the Qur’aan
is the speech of Allaah Ta’aalaa. So is this saying sufficient to
make them – in this matter – upon the belief of the Prophet (sallahu-alayhi
wassalam)and his Sahabah and those who followed them in this
The Answer: Every student of knowledge knows the
And this statement (i.e. “The Qur’aan is the
Speech of Allaah.”) – Although it is correct – does not make them upon
the correct belief. And the reason is that they explain this statement
in a way, which opposes the way that the Salaf did.
Even though they say a correct word, they interpret
it in a way, which is outside the boundaries of the truth that is known
by its people. So they (i.e. the Ashaa’ira) make the Speech to be
a (mere) expression of “Al-Qadeem” (i.e. “The Ancient”, by which
they mean Allaah) which stands by the self (of Allaah).
Yet, they do not make what the person recites from
the letters of the Qur’aan, to be the Speech of Allaah. And that
is because they differentiate between the pronunciation and the meaning.
So they said a correct statement (i.e. The Qur’aan is the Speech
of Allaah); however, they carried it in a different way than what it
(truly) means. So they were correct in one matter and they were mistaken
in another matter.
And Shaykh Al-Albaanee in this matter
also, he said a correct statement; which is “Eemaan is statements
and actions,” however, he carried it in a different way than the people
of truth since he differentiated between the actions and the statements.
So he considered Al-Kufr Al-Akbaar
all ‘Atiqaadee and that a person does not disbelieve due to
an action. And the Kufr Al-Asgaar; it is all ‘Amilee
(according to him) and this is false and a mistake in the Deen of
And the statements of Al-Albaanee, that action’s
are a condition for the completeness (Shart Kamal) is from the
false statements, which are refuted with hundreds or thousands of the
texts of the Book of Allaah, Taa’alaa and the Sunnah of
the Messenger of Allaah (sallahu- alayhi wassalam) and from the
words of the people of knowledge. And there have been entire books
written about that from the earlier and the later generations and may
they be revived. And Allaah is the one who makes things possible.
Holy Quran Quotes
“And they (polytheists, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah and in His Messenger, Muhammad (saw) ) will not cease fighting you until they turn you back from your religion (Islamic Monotheism) if they can.”